Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc

Anatomy Of A Construction Defect Claim

 Monday, December 13, 2021

 CLM Magazine

Construction-defect claims can range from the mundane to the outlandish. It doesn’t matter whether the focus of a defect claim is a skyscraper, commercial building, or single-family home, the cases really are not that much different at their core in getting to the root cause of the defect.

There is no doubt that, in terms of monetary exposure, there most definitely is a difference between a claim for a few thousand dollars versus $100 million in damages. However, in terms of how you break down these claims and determine causation and damage, the differences are more nuanced.

Consider CLM’s Claims College, for example, where an entire school is dedicated to construction claims.

The breadth of information shared with students within their first three hours alone at Level 1 is focused on understanding construction defects from the ground-up.

The course is a pseudo speed round on construction methods and resulting defects, while examples of construction done right and done wrong are presented. In many ways, the ‘done wrong’ examples define the existence of construction defects in our industry.